Liner Notes

WMOT Liner Notes is a place for music lovers to catch up on album releases, live video streams and behind the scenes news. 

After nearly ten years making music together with Cadillac Sky, Bryan Simpson and Matt Menefee have revisited their acoustic roots to form a new band called, The Golden Age. There were two other projects before Bryan and Matt reunited for The Golden Age. Matt, along with Ross Holmes also formerly of Cadillac Sky and Royal Masat on upright bass formed the Nashville trio, ChessBoxer. Bryan’s solo project, The Whistles and The Bells included Matt and Ross along with guitarist Adam Stockdale, drummer Chris Powell, Phoebe Cryar of the Vespers and several others.

WMOT is live with 895 Fest Replay all weekend long! Join us for a replay of the 2019 performances at 895 Fest. 

Starting at Noon on May 29th, WMOT will broadcast last year's 895 sets in order on the radio and through our video platform, 

You can watch on, Facebook Live and here at each day starting at Noon. Celebrate the music and the spirit of 895 Fest May 29-31 from 12 to 6p CDT.

Support for 895 Fest Replay comes from Subaru and Dualtone Records.

895 Fest Replay Schedule:

Maggie Rose will release her Help Myself May 28 with a virtual release party at 9 p.m. CDT.

Watch an interview with Steve Earle from his Nashville home earlier this month. Earle talks with Jody Denberg, a host at KUTX in Austin, about his latest album Ghosts of West Virginia. The album and converation centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. The interview was recorded via Zoom on May 18, 2020.

A concert benefiting the Georgia Music Foundation, "Gretsch Presents Georgia On My Mind” will stream an online Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. CDT. The show is hosted by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls and singer-songwriter Brent Cobb.

While 895 Fest is on hold for 2020, you can enjoy 18 hours of music from our 2019 festival starting next Friday, May 29 and running through Sunday, May 31.

Starting at Noon on May 29th, WMOT will broadcast last year's 895 sets in order on the radio and on our channel. 

You can listen to the radio broadcast on 89.5 FM over our 100,000 watt signal, on, on the NPR app, TuneIn app or on your smart speakers. 

David Ramirez will play requests and songs from his upcoming album, My Love is a Hurricane, May 23 at 8 p.m. CDT

Granville Automatic

May 22, 2020

A shared love for nostalgia, including stories and items like the 19th century typewriter this Nashville duo is named after, Granville Automatic has just announced their first ever book with a companion album to follow. I caught up with Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Oliveraz via email about these summertime releases and a Livestream Stageit show they have planned for Thursday, May 28th:

In a world starved of roars of applause, hollers from excitable concertgoers and the warm, worn acoustics of venerated music venues, Margo Price has shared a relic of times gone by with her new live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman.

All the Thyme in the World is a cookbook curated by Nashville based IVPR's Maria Ivey. Just after the Nashville tornadoes and the news of COVID-19, Ivey says she found herself thinking of the ways by which we communicate and connect.

DelFest, the annual gathering of eclectic roots and bluegrass hosted by Del McCoury’s family since 2008 in Cumberland, MD, isn’t happening this weekend as scheduled. But taking a cue from Merlefest, organizers will stream historic performances from tomorrow, 5/21, through Sunday. Besides the Del McCoury Band and the Travelin’ McCourys, you’ll see sets by the Trey Anastasio Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush and Sierra Hull.

Franklin, TN-based Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival has become the latest casualty of the Covid-19 crisis. Organizers released a statement Tuesday morning announcing that the 2020 event, scheduled for Sept. 26-27 has officially been canceled. “While we are as disappointed as you are, rest assured we will be back in 2021 ready to deliver a festival that celebrates the healing power of music,” they said.



All through this lockdown, we at WMOT have pondered the future of our artist community. Since it was already hard to make it pre-quarantine, it is immeasurably harder now. I know that many are putting these feelings into lyrics, especially now that they have so much time on their hands. 

Ben de la Cour Shadow Land - May 15, 2020 (Flour Sack Cape Records)

Nashville singer-songwriter Jason Isbell will perform an acoustic livestream concert Friday, May 15 to celebrate the release of his new album Reunions on Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers.

Craving live music? Watch this week's featured quarantine live streams from artists Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, Marshall Champman and Colter Wall and Corb Lund


The world had already started to change with singles being delivered in lieu of albums, as it has been for the last fifty years. And I think that the quarantine has hastened the delivery of single tracks, and many of them are in support of non-profits. WMOT thanks the artists, and applauds the initiative.

Here are 6 very recent additions.

Mavis Staples – “All In It Together”, produced by Jeff Tweedy, benefits Chicago’s My Block My Hood to ensure seniors have what they need to battle Covid.

WMOT Partners with StoryCorps to Launch StoryCorps Connect, Bringing Individuals Together to Conduct and Record Remote Conversations with Loved Ones Across Generations



Happy Mother's Day

May 9, 2020

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at WMOT. Listen for a special hour of mama themed music at 12pm CT on Sunday that spans the decades and the sentiments.

Courtesy of the Steel Woods

The Steel Woods are getting the band back together and streaming live from the Woods Music Cross Creek Headquarters in Nashville. The stream starts at 8 p.m. CDT on NPR Live Sessions. 

Val Hoeppner / WMOT

Lapse of Luxury ­­– May 8, 2020 Café Rooster Records

Over these past couple of decades, I cannot recall how many times I have been asked what Americana is. My standard answer references the Mojo Triangle, where the big bang of American music occurred. The area from New Orleans to Memphis to Nashville is credited with the birth of the seminal American music forms, Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock & Roll. All took wing from that fertile ground, propelled by the merging nationalities and sonic traditions of the American melting pot.

Watch These Videos!

May 6, 2020

If you missed our video sessions from East Iris Studios on Public Radio Music Day April 16, 2020 you can still watch sessions on our Live Sessions at NPR page.


Watch the Secret Sisters live stream from their home in Muscle Schoals on Live Sessions at NPR starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7. 

The Secret Sisters, Laura and Lydia Rogers, released their album Saturn Return this spring on New West Records. The album was produced by Brandi Carlile and Tim and Phil Hanseroth.